During the summer of 2020, the American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) hosted its first-ever youth-only discussion groups. During these virtual conversations with systems-involved youth, staff learned about the experiences of young people, how their educational/workforce goals were impacted by COVID-19 and gained valuable insight regarding how adults could better support their needs. Below please find key-takeaways from our conversations with young people this summer:
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Building upon these conversations, AYPF was proud to host Breaking Through Barriers: Elevating the Voices of Young People, an online event highlighting the talents and stories of systems-impacted youth. Through a youth-centered lens, attendees enjoyed performances from young artists, a special guest appearance and meaningful conversations regarding the experiences of foster youth and justice-involved youth. This event was specifically tailored for young leaders and adults with an interest in learning more about justice-impacted and foster youth and served as a space to celebrate the strengths of our young people!